Sheriff apologies after resident is attacked by dog

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Posted: Feb 20, 2016 11:19 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Washington County's sheriff is apologizing after a Fayetteville man posted on social media his account of being mauled by a dog and the lackluster response from deputies.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (bit.ly/21gc4Mi) Sheriff Tim Helder vowed to work with members of the Quorum Court to tighten up ordinances to support animal owners and protect citizens.

Washington County doesn't have a law requiring animals to be restrained.

Dogs are allowed to run at large and aren't required to be contained, the Sheriff's Office said. The lacking legal framework complicates the issues for deputies responding to animal complaints in the county, the office said.

The department said on Facebook it wanted to remedy situation after receiving a flurry of inquiries about its procedure for handling dog bites in rural Washington County.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com